Why Film?

Ever since the beginning of time human beings have been communicating through story telling. From ancient cave drawings to Shakespearean tragedies, our history is enriched with remarkable tales. Stories act as the Trojan horse, smuggling nuggets of themes and inspirations into our consciousness. We, as humans, are hardwired to be attentive to stories.

Furthermore, we are also visual beings. Most us learn better when presented with a visual representation of the information. With the birth of cinema, I believe we reached the new heights of storytelling. Cinema has become more than just an entertainment outlet. Instead, I believe that this is one of the highest forms of art this world has known.

Lon line for star wars
line to see “Star Wars”: 1977

In that dark room full of strangers, overpriced popcorn, and a LARGE (because you can never reject the $0.50 upgrade offer) soda, something magical is happening. If you allow yourself, you can transcend both time and space and be propelled into the universe of the film makers. There is an opportunity to gain more insight into some of the world’s oldest most important themes.

The first film I vividly remember is “The Silence of the Lambs.” I must have been 7 or 8 when I saw that with my family. Why the heck would my parents let me see this movie? Your guess is as good as mine, because they still don’t know why. I’m sure I saw many other movies before this one, but it’s obvious why this one stuck with me the most. No, this movie experience didn’t cause any psychological trauma, but I just think it helped me to put my big boy pants on when it came to movie viewing. Then when I watched Lion King I was analyzing Simba’s relationship with Mufasa. Woody’s struggle for relevance and self-identity seemed like a walk in the park during my Toy Story viewing.

None-the-less, remember that I am just a wannabe. I am no literary scholar or film genius. I am a second year civil engineer with a love for film.

My goal and purpose of this blog is to assess, dissect, inform, and goggle the most popular and recent films. I promise to approach all of the films from an unbiased reference point and I will do my best to articulate my thoughts. I welcome discussion and criticism of my reviews.


A Cinefile

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Alex Torres

Civil Engineer by day...film critic by night. I am a 24 year old graduate from PSU with a passion and love for film. I currently reside in Washington D.C.

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